I've only ever passed through Helmsley before, so yesterday we had arranged to meet our friends from Masham there for lunch and a potter around. We met in the early afternoon at Porters coffee shop.
It was lovely to meet Mr. & Mrs. R, whom we haven't seen in a few months, and Mrs. R had made me this beautiful silver bangle. I have a penchant for jewellery, but it's even more special when it's been made especially for you, and extremely clever too.
Porters was lovely. It was a tad nippy outside (despite it being May) so they had the log fire roaring. On offer is a fayre of freshly made light meals such as toasties, soups and salads, and the surroundings are really relaxed. I had a beautiful fresh cheese and ham toastie, served with salad and washed down with a cappucino. It was lovely and I would definitely go there again.
Afterwards we had a wander around some of the shops, so engrossed in an antique jewellery shop window that I managed to give myself quite a bump on the head on the window frame. Must pay more attention to the window and less to the jewellery in future.
We also visited a beautiful Moorcroft shop, and a couple of small boutiques. By no means did we cover all of them though before we retired back out of the cold and into the Black Swan tea room.
The Black Swan has a very good reputation for afternoon teas and is part of the Yorkshire moors and coast capital of cake... Which says it all really. Inside it's very comfortable, with beautiful floral wallpaper and low beamed ceilings.
They had a vast menu of teas and fresh cake, so I tried an oolong, which I've never had before. It's such a delicate taste, I really liked it and wouldn't hesitate to have it again. It was a very lovely end to a very relaxing afternoon.
I can't wait to return to Helmsley again for more exploration.